Newport Landing Whale Watching provides year-round whale watching cruises multiple times daily departing from Newport Beach California, minutes from Los Angeles, centrally located in Orange County, and a short drive from San Diego. View many different varieties of whales including giant blue whales, gray whales, finback whales, humpback whales and many more. Over 1,500 whales viewed in 2013. Along with the many varieties of whales, there are also several species of dolphin that are regularly encountered including the famous “mega” pods of common dolphin that can number over 1,000 individuals or more making for amazing viewing opportunities.
Newport Bay borders on one of the largest Marine Protection Areas in southern California, stretching for over 14 miles running from Newport Bay south along the entire Laguna Beach coastline and extending out from the coast for several miles. The Marine Protection Area was put in place to protect this amazing, one-of-a-kind marine ecosystem, and is a refuge for many species of whales and dolphin. Newport Landing is very fortunate to be located in Newport Bay next to some of the most productive whale watching waters in the world.
Newport Landing’s primary whale watching ships have lots of nice amenities that allow guests to enjoy their whale watching cruises in the highest level of comfort with large indoor salons which include booth seating and large windows, surround lower level outside seating, upper deck with seating, men’s and women’s restrooms, narration sound system and much more.
Captains and crews have decades of combined experience locating marine mammals. Many also have backgrounds in marine biology. Newport Landing attributes much of its success to its hard working captains and crew members who have perfected the art of locating marine mammals and creating amazing viewing opportunities for our many patrons.
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